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Old March 26th, 2012, 08:39 PM
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3rd brake light assembly

I did a search on the subject and everything was pretty old so I wanted to ask afresh about a solution to the 3rd brake light. I have one of the bars that Clay (CDeWan) made up (which is AWESOME!), but I still have no light to put on it. I'd like a stock deal, but after looking around a lot I realize that might not happen. Just about any LED set up would be great and was wondering what elegant solutions you boys have come up with lately.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 09:22 PM
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I second this. I also got a 3rd brake light bar from Clay and it looks great. A new brake light would look great with the bar.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 09:59 AM
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3rd this. I have been looking around and haven't really found a suitable replacement.
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Take a look at Truck-Lites. I'm using one of theirs for my 3rd, it's been in over 10 years now and all of the LED's are still lit.

http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs...0310&langId=-1
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Old March 30th, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Thanks, Dennis. Those look like they'd work great, but my problem is the housing. Do you have a part number that you're using? How do you have yours mounted. All I have to mount to is the horizontal plate on the light bar. I've given up on the OEM look, but I still can't MacGyver anything.

edit: I just saw your other post with the part numbers and how you have it mounted. I have an ST basically, and it looks like your running an SW. I have a light bar that runs over the top of the spare outside of the vehicle, so the set up is different. Thanks for the input though.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 01:00 PM
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The Ron Francis led's are also a good solution.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 01:41 PM
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Anyone got a measurement on the mounting plate?
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Old March 30th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Anyone got a measurement on the mounting plate?
The plate on the one Clay made is 8-3/4" x 2-3/4". That is probably very close to, if not exactly the same as, the OEM bar. There are also mounting holes drilled for an OEM light housing. Those are 7-7/8" apart for the forward pair, and 2-3/4" apart for the aft pair.
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Old March 30th, 2012, 03:14 PM
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Visually this is the best I have found (IMHO) so far, but I am not sure of the dimensions. I contacted the guy, but haven't heard back from him yet.

http://www.specialtauto.com/delorean...ight-3rd-1.jpg

Also promising and only 19 bucks.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/stick-on-ro...?filterid=u0j1

2.25 in. height; 7.50 in. width; 3.13 in. depth
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I haven't got time to find the thread, but I used a light like the first one you link to on a light bar (on my trailer), but made a new base as the dimensions were slightly off. I never did wire it up so can't comment on how it functioned but it looked ok with the custom mount.
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Visually this is the best I have found (IMHO) so far, but I am not sure of the dimensions. I contacted the guy, but haven't heard back from him yet.

http://www.specialtauto.com/delorean...ight-3rd-1.jpg

Also promising and only 19 bucks.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/stick-on-ro...?filterid=u0j1

2.25 in. height; 7.50 in. width; 3.13 in. depth

Looks like all of the above types are designed to go interior in a car, NOT exterior in the elements.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 10:53 AM
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Well, the JC Whitney one says in the title "roof mount" so I'm assuming that is designed to brave some sort of elements. You probably get what you pay for at $19. I like the delorean one because it's an LED although it isn't clear whether that one is for exterior or not. Waiting to see if the guy gets back to Bill with the dimensions.
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I'm not familiar with Clay's bar, does it have vertical & horizontal mounting surfaces for the light?
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I'm not familiar with Clay's bar, does it have vertical & horizontal mounting surfaces for the light?
Here are shots of mine, which I think are the latest generation of Clay's work. Horizontal mounting, but no vertical.
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Here are shots of mine, which I think are the latest generation of Clay's work. Horizontal mounting, but no vertical.

In trying to give the lamp more protection, could you mount the lamp on the bottom of the mounting plate or would there be a conflict with the tire ? I'm think of this mount attachment

http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs...3948&langId=-1
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In trying to give the lamp more protection, could you mount the lamp on the bottom of the mounting plate or would there be a conflict with the tire ? I'm think of this mount attachment

http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs...3948&langId=-1
I think that might hit. I put the bar on the truck without bolting it on and it lined up pretty good for some measurements. The measurement in the pic from the bracket to the tire is 3.5" at the right edge, and 5.25" at the center of the bracket. The tire moves away from the bracket when the door is opened, but I'll bet the Truck-lite bracket would hit the tire unfortunately.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 03:11 PM
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Pete, does the bar have any other function, other than to hold the 3rd brake light?

Have you considered using a nibbler and mounting a 60 series Truck Lite above the window. This would get the bar and the light obstruction totally removed. I mounted mine even higher yet, right above the door in the vertical white area. Nibbled it out and placed the 60 series lamp in the new cut out.
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Pete, does the bar have any other function, other than to hold the 3rd brake light?

Have you considered using a nibbler and mounting a 60 series Truck Lite above the window. This would get the bar and the light obstruction totally removed. I mounted mine even higher yet, right above the door in the vertical white area. Nibbled it out and placed the 60 series lamp in the new cut out.
That is kind of funny. The bar is completely overengineered and it's only function (that I know of) is to hold the light. Your solution is much more elegant, efficient, protected, and inside the truck. I can't understand why the factory didn't do it that way in the first place. My problem is that this is basically my wife's truck and she'd like it to look as stock as possible...and so would I. Hence my quest.
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No response yet but it appears to be a Corvette light from about 1991-1996. It also is designed to sit at the top of the rear window outside, so I don't think the elements are an issue.
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I put the cheap light from Whitney on my bar I got from Clay. It fits, looks like it belongs there. My fear is it won't stand up to rad vibration, etc

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